Rage Against the Machine frontman Zach de la Rocha injured his leg at the band’s July 11 concert in Chicago.
Footage from the performance – which can be seen below – appears to show the singer injuring himself during a rendition of “Bullet in the Head”, the powerful cut from Rage Against the Machine’s 1992 self-titled debut album. and as the energy of the melody builds (roughly around the 3:20 mark of the video), de la Rocha can be seen jumping up and down with emphasis. Soon after, his movements become much more subdued and he can be seen limping as he finishes the song.
According to Consequence, “de la Rocha suffered the injury four songs into the band’s main set” and was “assisted offstage by members of the band’s crew”.
After a short break, de la Rocha addressed the crowd. “I don’t know what happened to my leg right now,” the singer admitted, “but you know what? We gonna keep this shit going. If I have to crawl on that stage. We gonna play for y’all tonight. We’ve gone too far.”
The group then launched into their 1999 song “Testify”, with de la Rocha performing vocals while seated on a stage monitor.
The usually lively singer was notably incapacitated for the rest of the evening. De la Rocha reportedly attempted to stand in various places, but appeared unable to put weight on the injured leg.
An official update regarding de le Rocha’s condition has yet to be given. Fan tweets showed that the singer was taken off stage after the concert.
The July 11 performance was only the second show in Rage Against the Machine’s highly anticipated public service announcement tour. The trek, which was originally slated for 2020 before being postponed twice, kicked off July 9 in Wisconsin and marks the first time the political rap rockers have toured together since 2011. The band are set to play a second date in Chicago on July 12 before moving on. during the first leg of the tour, which runs through September.
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